Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy".
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
(Adapted from the International Center for Reiki Training)
I was first introduced to Reiki in 1997 by a friend who had gone through the level 1 training and practiced on me. In 2002 I completed the Level 1 myself with Edward Binkowski. Wishing to learn more, I started to attend Reiki circles through Mystic Wolf Healing Arts and was providing free reiki at the Golden Center where I met Rev. Tim Shaw. With the help of Rev. Tim, I completed level 2 in August, 2004 and finally the Master-Teacher (level 3) in November, 2004. Since then I have worked with Rev. Jay Ferrand and together we began giving free healing sessions at the book store Inspiration Point and other various settings.
Although reiki has been traditionally taught as a “hands on” healing technique, I have found it to be just as effective when applied in the auric field and in distance healing.
I provide reiki to all of my counseling clients. If you are interested in receiving reiki, but not counseling, this can also be arranged. Please email or call for availability.
Some common questions and answers about Reiki;
What does Reiki Do? Reiki balances and works on the four levels of existence:
Physical – The body, pain or disease.
Emotional – What you are feeling.
Mental – What you are allowing yourself to think.
Spiritual – Your capacity to love.
Reiki works on the cause rather than the effect of disease. It treats the disease rather than the symptoms. Reiki accelerates healing, which may cause some initial discomfort: You may heal faster.
How may this feel? You may feel very relaxed as the energy flows through your body. You may even fall asleep. You may experience reiki energy as colors or pure love. You may feel peaceful or emotional as old patterns surface.
Someone will be touching me? A reiki practitioner works with chakras or specific areas of pain. There is no need for touching were it might not be appreciated. Your reiki practitioner may choose to work in the auric field when working on more sensitive areas or areas that touching may be uncomfortable.
What do I do during a treatment? What should I expect? You will be asked to take off shoes, watch and any other metal jewelry. Shut off your pager or cell phone. It is encouraged that you should relax and enjoy the treatment, however talking or asking questions is up to the individual. Allow your mind to release all thoughts and fears so you can focus on the present experience. Silence is suggested. A tissue may be placed over your eyes to help you focus inward. There may be relaxing music playing in the background. You may experience a shift in consciousness. This is an important part of healing.
What should I expect after a treatment? Your aura is swept front and back. Some feel energized, others at peace. You will be encouraged to drink a lot of water over the next 2 to 3 days to help flush toxins out of your system. The practitioner may suggest you come in for further healing. You may be encouraged to make some lifestyle changes to help aid in your healing.
How long is a session and what is the cost? Initial Reiki sessions can run approximately an hour with follow up sessions about 30 minutes. Hour long sessions are $80.00 and 30 minute sessions are
Reiki can be used to help our furry friends too.